Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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MADISON — Doug Peterson is leaving his post as president of the Minnesota Farmers Union feeling good about the strength of the 14,000-member organization and confident in the abilities of those who will succeed him. And both are very much needed, as the challenges facing the family farmers represented by the Minnesota Farmers Union are as great today as ever, and the urgency more so, according to Peterson. The biggest challenge is a familiar one: The financial hurdles for young people wanting to start farming are daunting.
NEW YORK — It's estimated that one of every three rows of corn raised in western Minnesota is exported overseas. Some of those rows on Richard and Rachel Quenemoen's farm in Lac qui Parle County are now devoted to raising popcorn. It is shipped for sale in New York City. Their son Bjorn Quenemoen and business partner Jamie O'Shea harness the power of the sun to pop the Lac qui Parle County-grown popcorn. They flavor it with a nutritional yeast introduced to Quenemoen by his best friend's parents while he was growing up on the family farm near Dawson.
OLIVIA — Renville County will close the gates Monday at its county parks. The parks are closed to motor vehicles through the winter season, but they remain open for visitors. The Renville County parks department reminds park users that day use activities are allowed through the winter. The parks are open for activities such as hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing.
CLARA CITY — A new proposal for a single-campus system is making its way back to voters in the MACCRAY School District. On a 4-2 vote Monday, members of the MACCRAY School Board approved submitting the proposal to the Minnesota Commissioner of Education. The commissioner's approval is needed to bring the proposal to voters in February.
RAYMOND, Minn. - The last light of the day was fading when Daniel Kiecker of Lake Lillian came to the rescue of a 9-year-old girl lost for about two hours Saturday in a corn field north of Raymond. "And then when she saw me the look on her face was priceless,'' said Kiecker Sunday while recounting how he discovered the missing girl near the town about 100 miles west of Minneapolis. He was among the volunteers who answered a call to area fire departments to join in a search for the missing girl organized by the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department.
RAYMOND - A pheasant hunter heard the cries for help from a lost girl and came to the rescue as a large-scale search for her was underway outside of Raymond...
LITCHFIELD — There are miles and miles of roads to repair in the next 10 years. And for the Minnesota Department of Transportation's District 8 office, there are many miles to go to get the word out about the repairs that will be made. "What we're trying to do is share our projects more broadly,'' said Lindsey Knutson, planner with the office in Willmar. She addressed county commissioners from Kandiyohi, Renville, Meeker, and McLeod counties in a meeting hosted Oct. 7 in Litchfield by the Mid-Minnesota Regional Development Commission.
MONTEVIDEO - Governor Mark Dayton has now gone six years in a row without a bird in the Governor's Pheasant Opener he started, and he was upped this year by his lieutenant governor. Lt. Gov. Tina Smith bagged her first pheasant ever as she joined the governor and 75 other hunters for the Governor's Pheasant Opener hosted Saturday by the community of Montevideo. "Judge (Dwayne) Knutsen said it was homicide. I could have been charged,'' laughed Smith of the clean kill as verified by her hunting partner, a district judge in Yellow Medicine County.
MONTEVIDEO — It's not exactly the Vikings home opener in a new stadium, but for the community of Montevideo it's nearly as exciting, and as important. All eyes will be on the community Saturday as it hosts the sixth annual Governor's Pheasant Opener. Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson will be among the elected officials taking to the fields around Montevideo for the start of the state's pheasant season at 9 a.m. Saturday.
WILLMAR – The detours on Minnesota Trunk Highway 23 north of Raymond and south of Granite Falls will be removed and the road opened to traffic by the end of...